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Celltrion launches Truxima in Brazil

On 27 May 2020, South Korean biotechnology company Celltrion Healthcare (Celltrion) announced that it had launched its rituximab similar biotherapeutic product Truxima (CT‑P10) in Brazil.

Canada approves infliximab and filgrastim biosimilars Avsola and Nivestym

Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the infliximab and filgrastim biosimilars Avsola (ABP 710) and Nivestym.

Revance and Mylan move forward with Botox biosimilar

US firm Revance Therapeutics (Revance) announced on 1 June 2020 that its partner, US-based drugmaker Mylan, had decided to move forward with a development plan, under a 351(k) pathway, for a proposed biosimilar to Allergan’s cosmetic blockbuster Botox and Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA).

Japanese approval for first adalimumab biosimilar

Japan-based Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics announced on 29 June 2020 that it had received approval from Japan’s medicines regulatory agency, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), for its adalimumab biosimilar FKB327 in Japan.

EC approval for etanercept biosimilar Nepexto

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for the etanercept biosimilar Nepexto (YLB113), developed by US-based drugmaker Mylan and its partner India-based generics maker Lupin.

China approves bevacizumab copy biological Byvasda

China-based drugmaker Innovent Biologics (Innovent) announced on 19 June 2020 that China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), had approved Byvasda (IBI-305), a bevacizumab copy biological.

Canada approves pegfilgrastim biosimilar Ziextenzo

Canada’s drug regulator, Health Canada, has approved the pegfilgrastim biosimilar Ziextenzo (LA-EP2006). The drug can be used to treat neutropenia (a lack of white blood cells) in cancer patients.

FDA approves insulin glargine biosimilar Semglee

US-based drugmaker Mylan and partner, India-based biologicals specialist Biocon, announced on 11 June 2020 that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its insulin glargine biosimilar Semglee (MYL‑1501D).

Daewon launches teriparatide biosimilar in South Korea

South Korea-based Daewon Pharmaceutical (Daewon) announced that it has launched the teriparatide biosimilar Terrosa.

Fresenius Kabi’s pegfilgrastim biosimilar accepted for review by EMA and FDA

Fresenius Kabi, the generics unit of German healthcare giant Fresenius, announced on 22 and 27 May 2020 that the regulatory submissions for its proposed pegfilgrastim biosimilar (MSB11455) had been accepted by both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), respectively.